BOSTON (AP) - The unemployment rate in Massachusetts held steady at 6.9 percent in January, while the total number of jobs in the state increased.
The Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday a net gain of 6,600 jobs in January, with higher numbers in seven of the 10 largest employment sectors.
The 6.9 percent unemployment rate was unchanged from December, and compares with the 8.3 percent national jobless rate for January.
The department also announced Thursday that year-end revisions based on data from the U.S. Labor Department showed Massachusetts gained 12,200 jobs in 2011, well below earlier estimates that as many as 40,000 new jobs had been created.
Officials said, however, they expected the federal figures to be further revised when data gathered from the state's own unemployment insurance system is added for the second half of 2011.
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